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  • Following Return from Central America, House and Senate Democrats Call for Free and Open Elections in Guatemala
    Posted in Press Releases on March 15, 2019 | Preview rr

    Today, Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), along with Representatives Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Don Beyer (D-Va.), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) and Lou Correa (D-Calif.), released the following statement urging Guatemala’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal, the country’s highest authority on elections, to allow all qualified candidates to run in the upcoming presidential election set to be held in June 2019. Last month, the members traveled to five-day delegation trip to Central Amer... Read more

  • Beyer Votes For Historic Election Reform Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today voted in favor of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, which passed the House on a party-line vote. H.R. 1 is a sweeping package of election reforms which would crack down on voter suppression, protect elections, get money out of politics, strengthen ethics rules, and fight corruption. H.R. 1 also included the text of Beyer’s Pre-Registration of Voters Everywhere (PROVE) Act, a bill that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote in federal elections and woul... Read more

  • Beyer And Smith Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Marine Life And Coastal Economies
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Shortly after a hearing yesterday on protections for the endangered North Atlantic right whale, Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced the Atlantic Seismic Airgun Protection Act, which would protect marine life and coastal economies which depend on it by banning seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean. “The seismic pulses from airgun blasts threaten the aquatic species many coastal communities depend on, including the majestic North Atlantic right whale, which sadly is on... Read more

  • Hoyer, Maloney, Beyer, Wexton Introduce Bill to Provide Paid Family Leave for Federal Workers
    Posted in Press Releases on March 6, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Federal Employees

    Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08), Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) joined with federal employees, workers’ rights advocates, and unions to introduce legislation that would provide 12 weeks of paid family leave for federal employees. The Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (FEPLA) would guarantee paid leave for all instances covered by the FMLA, which currently only guarantees unpaid leave. “I’m proud to stand with... Read more

  • New Democrat Coalition Releases Climate Change Task Force Goals for the 116th Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on March 6, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Today, the New Democrat Coalition Climate Change Task Force Co-Chairs Don Beyer, Sean Casten, Elaine Luria, and Susan Wild released their goals for the 116th Congress. The Climate Change Task Force will meet with stakeholders and develop policy positions for the Coalition to advance in both the near term and long term. Climate Change Task Force Mission Statement for the 116th Congress: Climate change is an existential threat to the health, national security, economic prosperity, and future of ou... Read more

  • EPA OIG: Pruitt Never Consulted EPA Ethics Office About His Legal Defense Fund
    Posted in Press Releases on March 6, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    The Acting Inspector General (IG) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today informed Rep. Don Beyer and other House Democrats that neither disgraced former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt nor his private attorney ever consulted the EPA Ethics Office regarding his legal defense fund. The OIG letter was written in response to a series of questions about Pruitt’s legal defense fund raised last year by Beyer and Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Jamie R... Read more

  • Reps Beyer And Lieu Call For Criminal Investigation Into Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance
    Posted in Press Releases on March 5, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Today Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr calling on him to open a criminal investigation into reports that Jared Kushner intentionally omitted contacts on his security clearance forms. In the letter, the Members write: We are deeply disturbed by recent reports that President Trump ordered his Chief of Staff, John Kelly, to grant Jared Kushner a security clearance, overruling intelligence officials who rai... Read more

  • New Democrat Coalition Members Urge Committee Leadership to Strengthen the ACA, Paving the Way for Affordable Universal Coverage
    Posted in Press Releases on March 5, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    Washington, DC – Today, Members of the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) sent a letter to Ways and Means Committee Chairman Neal, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Pallone, and Education and Labor Committee Chairman Scott, urging the Committees to prioritize strengthening the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and continue the path toward affordable universal coverage. “Our constituents elected a Democratic majority in the House by choosing candidates who stood strongly in support of protecting those wit... Read more

  • Duckworth, Beyer, Van Hollen & Feinstein Re-introduce Legislation to Strengthen Voting Rights and Support Civic Participation
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    U.S Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), along with a group of 15 Senators, re-introduced the Pre-Registration of Voters Everywhere (PROVE) Act today to expand voter registration efforts nationwide and increase American citizens’ participation in their democratic process. The PROVE Act would allow citizens who are 16 and 17 years old to pre-register to vote so they can be added to voter rolls when they turn 18. ... Read more

  • Beyer Votes For Resolution To Overturn Trump’s Emergency Declaration
    Posted in Press Releases on February 27, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Beyer this evening voted for H.J. Res. 46, a Joint Resolution sponsored by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) to overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency. The measure passed with significant bipartisan support in the House and will face a Senate vote within a few days. “My oath of office to support and defend the Constitution required that I must reject President Trump’s fake national emergency,” said Rep. Beyer. “President Trump asked Congress to spend money on a useless wall... Read more